(Plainfield, IN 2/28/16) Earlier this morning, vandals spray painted vulgarities on the front wall of the Islamic Society of North America’s (ISNA) headquarters in Plainfield, IN.
Security cameras on the property show the vandalism was done by three young men. Few people were in the building for morning fajr prayers and witnessed the vandals’ vehicle leaving. No one was hurt and the vandals did not attempt to enter the building. ISNA reported the incident to local law enforcement and the FBI as a hate crime.
In a statement, the FBI said:
“The Indianapolis office of the FBI is aware of the incident in Plainfield, Indiana and are in regular contact with local authorities. If in the course of the investigation, information comes to light of a potential federal civil rights violation, the FBI is prepared to investigate.”
“The recent rise in attacks and acts of bigotry towards Muslims is an indication that anti-Muslim bigotry has gone beyond a phobia, it has become a reality that is disuniting our society and moving away from the morals and values of the nation,” ISNA President Azhar Azeez said in a statement.
ISNA has also joined Muslims nationwide in mourning the execution style murder of three young men in Fort Wayne, Indiana. No effort should be spared to apprehend and bring to justice the perpetrators of this heinous crime. Also in the past week 3 mass shootings were reported in Michigan, Kansas and Washington. ISNA sends its sincere prayers and condolences to the families of all the victims and hopes justice will prevail in all cases.
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is the largest and oldest Islamic umbrella organization in North America. Its mission is to foster the development of the Muslim community, interfaith relations, civic engagement, and better understanding of Islam.
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